I had an M.O.T. today at 12.30 pm just behind my house .
Vectra 2.2 direct petrol Design 2006 ( 56 )
So at 9.30 a.m. , i replaced a couple of bulbs the computer had been telling me about for a while ,
a brake light and a main beam ( or low ) bulb and because my fingers are too big , i needed to take the airbox out and in doing so ,
had a worrying 45 minutes because a torx screw had dropped down near the belts and i could not find it on the ground .
So in the end just put 4 back on the airbox and started the car and bingo , it popped out on the floor , PHEW !!! , no damaged belts from a loose screw .
ANYWAY BACK TO THE M.O.T.
i went back at 2 p.m. to hear the results .
The new driver side main beam bulb from this morning failed because it was not as bright as my older passenger side bulb ,
I said it was brand new and he said ... " oh , we get that all the time , Halfords put the new bulb in , but in might be incorrectley fitted , we'll try fitting a new one ."
And i failed on emissions , the garage advised changing oil change/filter , fuel filter and add fuel treatment .
SO , i took the fail sheet to my usual mechanic ( different town ) to ask about him doing the work and he raised his eye brows at the filter and fuel treatment fix ( they might do a little ) and also commented that my emission numbers were NOT far off a pass and said politely ( as he couldn't put down a fellow garage ) that it looks like they did the emission tests while the car was cold and it would be better to do it warm .
The first garage wants £ 123 for a new bulb , new air filter , fuel treatment and oil change/filter .
What do you think of this ?
My view is ,
is that there is no point sending car to another garage to get work done , when the M.O.T. garage could fail it ,
BUT , if i get work done at the M.O.T. garage they are not likely to fail their own repair work and hopefully , i get an M.O.T. Pass .
OHH .... and my present M.O.T. runs out in on Thursday 15 March 2012 .
So i think i should just pay up and get a fresh m.o.t.
But can't help thinking , they've pulled a trick with the emissions almost at the pass mark ( my usual mechanic said , it looks like a cold engine reading , but also could be a picky mechanic , who could have passed it ) .
Also they tried to say my new bulb was incorrectly not as bright as it should be , but came out with excuses when i said it was brand new today .
SORRY FOR LONG POST = I HOPE YOU GET THE GIST OF IT .